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More Hattiesburg Residents Register To Vote

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Since Judge William Coleman declared that Hattiesburg will have to hold special election for the mayoral's race, more people have registered to vote.

"We've had about 100 a day come in, they're registering," said Forrest County Circuit Clerk Lou Ellen Adams says they've been very busy.

"They come in here and they fill out the application," she said.

One of those applicants Tuesday was Austin Hembree.

"I've previously been registered in Jackson County," he said.

Hembree said there's one main reason why he's changing his voter registration now.

"The special election," he said.

Judge William Coleman declared a do-over in the mayoral election, after a mistrial.

"Since it's such short notice, it's such a narrow window for them to register," Adams said.

Anyone who wants to vote this time around must be registered 30 days before the election.

"That's state law and that's for every election," she said.

Since election day is set for September 24, Hattiesburg residents have until Monday, August 26 to register.

Adams says if you had a problem at the polls on June 4, you should also stop by the courthouse to get your information updated so that won't happen this time around.

Even though here's been a influx of people registering, that doesn't mean that they will all show up on Election Day. According to records from the June 4 election, about 26,000 people were registered to vote and only about 34 percent of people did.

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